Park County, Montana

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Park County, Montana
Map of Montana highlighting Park County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1887
Seat Livingston
Largest city Livingston
 • Total 2,814 sq mi (7,288 km2)
 • Land 2,802 sq mi (7,257 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 0.40%
 • (2010) 15,636
 • Density 6/sq mi (2.162/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Park County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,636.[1] Its county seat is Livingston.[2] A small part of Yellowstone National Park is located in the extreme southern part of the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,814 square miles (7,290 km2), of which, 2,802 square miles (7,260 km2) of it is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) of it (0.40%) is water.[3] The highest natural point in Montana, Granite Peak at 12,807 feet (3,904 m), is located in Park County. The county attained its present boundaries in 1978, when the former Yellowstone National Park (part) county-equivalent was dissolved and apportioned between Gallatin County and Park County. Gallatin County received 99.155 square miles (256.81 km2) of land area and 0.119 square miles (0.31 km2) of water area, whereas Park County received 146.229 square miles (378.73 km2) of land area and 0.608 square miles (1.57 km2) of water area. The geographies transferred are known now as Census Tract 14 in Gallatin County, and as Census Tract 6 in Park County.

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Park County in Montana and Wyoming are two of twenty-two counties or parishes in the United States with the same name to border each other across state lines. The others are Union Parish, Louisiana and Union County, Arkansas, Big Horn County, Montana and Big Horn County, Wyoming, Sabine County, Texas and Sabine Parish, Louisiana, Bristol County, Massachusetts and Bristol County, Rhode Island, Kent County, Delaware and Kent County, Maryland, Escambia County, Alabama and Escambia County, Florida., Pike County, Illinois and Pike County, Missouri, Teton County, Idaho and Teton County, Wyoming, San Juan County, New Mexico and San Juan County, Utah, and Vermilion County, Illinois and Vermillion County, Indiana. respectively. (Note, despite the different spellings, the source of the name is the same for Vermilion County, Illinois and Vermillion County, Indiana--the Vermillion River which flows through both counties.)

National protected areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 6,881
1900 7,341 6.7%
1910 10,731 46.2%
1920 11,330 5.6%
1930 10,922 −3.6%
1940 11,566 5.9%
1950 11,999 3.7%
1960 13,168 9.7%
1970 11,197 −15.0%
1980 12,869 14.9%
1990 14,562 13.2%
2000 15,694 7.8%
2010 15,636 −0.4%
Est. 2012 15,567 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 15,694 people, 6,828 households, and 4,219 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 8,247 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.65% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 1.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.5% were of German, 12.4% English, 9.5% Norwegian, 9.0% Irish and 7.9% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 6,828 households out of which 28.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.20% were non-families. 32.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,739, and the median income for a family was $40,561. Males had a median income of $28,215 versus $19,973 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,704. About 7.20% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% of those under age 18 and 10.10% of those age 65 or over.




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National park[edit]

Yellowstone National Park - about 4.27% of the park lies within the county.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Detailed Tables". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 

Coordinates: 45°30′N 110°31′W / 45.50°N 110.52°W / 45.50; -110.52